in order to see rehabilitation one must free or learn how to free thier mind from the mental mazes of designed stagnation. Our struggle is no different from the nationwide dehumanization that the other systems of imprisonment are allowing to be applied. The offenders rehabilitation is the least of concern of the prisonercrats. the following “criticism” is a product formed from experience behind these walls of oppression. The young offenders are forced to be predatorial beginning as soon as they enter diagnostic. Majority of Georgia level 5 institutions have poor security and this is why the offender is self dependent. both correctional offficials and fellow offenders pose to be a potential threat. everday violence is seen or mentioned to become a possible event that will occur in the near future. institutional paranoia is develope. the highest level of education offered is a Ged.offenders with alot of time[5 years or more] are put on the back burner. the living conditions os our housing units are inhumane in most areas and the medical services provided are inadequate. our basic human rights are disregarde and the laws of justice are only implmented when its time to cover up a wrong doing by its administers. malpractices such as verbal and physical harassment, excessive use of force,starvation, tampering with incoming and out going mail without probable reasoning, and denial or limited access to courts or legal aid services are just a few of the vast illicities imposed on us daily. i do not speak for those who miscondcut causes such reprisal to occur. i deplore the distress for those who this maltreatment is being imposed on because they strive to serve justice when injustice occurs. two wrongs will only create an epidemic of vengance and digression. repressed by the disoder of power many offenders cannot even feel the need for their will to change. as the authoritarian apllies oppression the stride of doubtful and confused human remain regressive. the georgia department of correction creates the criminalization it swore and is paid to correct. reinstitution of the officials and ethnics is an essentail need there cannot and will not be a massive,not even a partial productive change for correction if the people of society continue to ignorantly or consciously support the georgia department of corruption. this is the institutional genocide of humankind. all power is vested in the people
Holman CF, Atmore, Al. September 24, 2016.
Last night at Holman prison an emergency situation developed as ALL of the officers assigned to the second shift waged a historic work strike for the first time in the history of the Alabama Department of Corrections.
Assistant Commissioner Grantt Culliver was dispatched to the prison, where he then had to order supervisors from another prison, Atmore CF, to report to Holman prison just to be able to serve meals. The officers at Holman, who have been defying ADOC policy and speaking publicly to the media, had communicated their plans to F.A.M. members, and expressed their support for non-violent and peaceful demonstrations against the human rights conditions existent at Holman.
Officers have also complained about overcrowding and the need for a mass release, more education and rehabilitation programs, as well as issues with disease and filth. Officers reserved their harshest criticism towards the Commissioner’s officer and what they perceive as a lack leadership from Commissioner Dunno and Culliver.
First hand audio account available here.
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my name is Jamaall Pridgett, I am a brother of [an anarchist prisoner who corresponds with ABC]. I was surprised to know that there is someone who is willing to support the struggle against the government. Race is not the topic, because we the peoples of all races are being victimize within this war. I have a lot to say to you and those of society and in confinement as for my point of view of a solution and as a nation. This is the rich vs the poor, Power vs Powerful, and as I see, we’re not saying enough, so we’re not saying what must be and needed to be said. We for once need to build a net work that would bring all races together, we need to unify the nation. Wouldn’t it be justice if we could have a direct connection to the president? I say that because even an anarchy need 2 utilize these numbers, by becoming aware that we are a imperial democracy of element and by having a elective representative, this also goes for the other rebelling. Wouldn’t it be justice if we could have a direct connection to the president? Someone deligated and diligent for us all as a functional and form of an unified nation of citizens. We can demand lives for lives, being that the government have no other solution but for us to forgive and move on, when they have tooken Innocence lives, so what about us guys in here lockdown that took lives or a life when we were younger, can we brothers of all race be somehow forgiving and emancipated to reunite with our family in society. What about these 15, 20 and 30 years people have done, don’t they need a second chance, regardless of the sin that was committed. I mean who hands haven’t been dirty of sins? We foreseen this war because while the racism was going on and we were fighting each other. Think about it! We were fighting each other, so the ones watching the fight are acting as their concern and peacemakers, but their motives are to keep us traumatized, profound emotional shock, confused, off-balance, blind to the fact etc. Now that we were overcoming that racism syndrome, our enemies have played a trump card, and if we fail to realize that were to unify as one body then we’re simply running on a treadmill, while they’re on an escalator moving forward and leaving us right where we started. We turned a blind eye before until it came kicking our doors in, killing our family in their communities, oppressing us any and every way they seen possible. Now we’re slowly turning another eye out of emotions away from the facts. All that will come about this is hate, not Justice, not peace, no equality, not Freedom etc unless we THINK AHEAD and start applying within for the preparation of a semi longevity war. Don’t get it twisted, any stand is better than no stand, we are standing strong now, so let’s move together as a force and nation of citizens, let’s step into their lives, business and war zone, let’s kick some ass’s or die trying to get our respect back and freedom and justice, let’s run this country, let’s run this new and improved machine. God made man, man made or makes the government! As we answer to God/universe etc to your belief, the government answer to us! We can destroy this system from the inside and out.
If we’re expected to let go, forget, forgive and turn the blind eye to the officers that have been killing, assaulting etc to us and or someone we have concerned for. In return we expect the government to allow us to build and govern our own communities, attend to our needs and to respect our democracy. As we know, we cannot just say let the lifers go, we have to let them know that it’s only one life to live and that we deserve the chance to be out in society as well, what makes the cops different from us, murder is murder except that we’ve been punished and have learned to not harm anymore, but is that safe to say for the state side, and regardless of our so call prison rap sheet, it’s best to not judge a book by its cover and to ask questions from reliable sources before assuming out of fictitious and emotions of why were still violent. We have to be more creative with our demands and politics. We can’t just say give us our surviving warriors, give us our back bones, give us our muscles. Give us the rest of our body, give us our brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, lovers and friends, or give us back Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Chuy, Aiyana Stanley Jones, Natasha McKenna, Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd and so many other Browns, Blacks, weights etc that have been brutal murdered by the cops, we can’t just say give us our money and rights over self. If all fails us, our trump card is the youth and the elders do need to be supportive, but encouraging youth to attend and devote themselves towards the function of the rising nation of citizens. At these functions, we have to let it be known that by all means unless for the cause of the rising nation they’re not to enter the prison system of any acts against our own. This must not be said once or only on special occasions, but at all times stress this, enforce this etc.
If the falling soldiers don’t make it out, at least it will decrease the economics for them and increase the capital for us. The oppressors must be suppressed, keep doing what you all have been doing night and day and day and night. Live for this war!! Once the leaders in here lead the way to suppress, the rest will follow, the same for society. Leading by example is everything, if we can unify and discipline ourselves, we’re on the road to conquer and self-government if we stand as a democracy.
Remember that this machine we’re up against have order, structure, unity and oaths or agreements. They have guns, technology, information, knowledge, wisdom and understanding. They’re all playing their positions and utilizing their potentials while we’re not, so it’s safe to say by them the humans that some of them are are our own flesh and blood and that’s the hardest strategy they have yet came about, so let’s really strategize back against me informants. The body needs to work together all the way around, let’s not focus on the old roads, or their roads, let’s make New Roads, let’s innovate, let’s protest, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, decimal of the solution. My name is Jamaall Pridgett, GDC #1000378675 Valdosta State Prison, PO Box 36, Valdosta Georgia, 31603.
Feel free to reach me, I’m all about elevating, evolving, growing & developing, helping all of you findself, or purpose and to overstand that this Revolutionary War of US citizens versus our government. JUST-ICE = COLD WORLD peace. Don’t judge the flaw of my view, it’s fair to others and helpful to us all.
If anyone witnessed the events leading up to the three arrests at Starbucks on Friday, and particularly if anyone has pictures or video of what happened, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . It could be very important to the cases of the three arrestees, who are facing trumped-up felony charges for things they didn’t do.
The prison strike is going strong, with no signs of stopping!
For updates on the nationwide struggle, keep an eye on these pages:
On Friday protesters from many groups including Atlanta Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, Anarchist Black Cross, and Street Groomers staged a march through Midtown targeting corporations which profit from prison slavery.
Inmates across the country are engaged in strikes and resistance against the prison system, demanding fair pay for their labor and an end to inhumane conditions.
To support the unprecedented prison strike, we visited Wendy’s, McDonalds, Aramark and Starbucks; all companies which exploit prison labor. Police were aggressive and hostile, at one point trying to run over protesters with a squad car. When the march reached Starbucks, police violently arrested three protesters, indiscriminately macing bystanders and even other officers. A Starbucks customer has claimed that the protest attacked him, but this is false. It appears that the police were looking for any excuse to crack down on the protest.
The real crime is the prison system’s abuse, and we reject efforts by the police and corporate power to distract the issue with false charges and unfounded accusations.
Donate to help us free the 3 protesters who were arrested during today’s march.
[updated 8:30am 09/10/16]
Today marks the beginning of the national prison strike. Prisoners all over the country are going on strike and refusing to cooperate with the unjust prison system. They are demanding decent pay for work, decent food and living conditions, and an end to inhumane practices like solitary confinement.
In Atlanta, supporters marched through Midtown and disrupted several corporations which profit from prison slavery. Wendy’s, McDonalds, Aramark, and Starbucks all got a visit. When the march got to Starbucks, police made several violent arrests, using pepper spray and slamming people to the pavement. At one point, police even tried to run marchers over with a squad car.
We are working hard to make sure all the protesters get free as soon as possible, so everyone can continue doing the important work of supporting the ongoing prison strike. We can’t get them out without enough bail money though, so if you’re able to contribute, please follow the link below:
[update 8:30am 09/10/16] :
The three Atlanta protesters are at the Fulton County Jail. Each of them is facing multiple felony charges and no bond has been set. Given the nature and number of the charges, we are expecting their bonds to be set high. Please share the donation link with your friends and other supporters of the prison strike. If you were there during the arrests or would like to give support in any other way, please contact Atlanta Black Cross through the contact page on this site.
From contact inside: “12:01 Sept 9th, all inmates at Holman Prison refused to report to their prison jobs without incident. With the rising of the sun came an eerie silence as the men at Holman laid on their racks reading or sleeping. Officers are performing all tasks.”
[…] a revolt at Holmes Correctional in Florida’s Panhandle on Wednesday night, involving more than 400 inmates, caused damage to nearly every dorm during an uprising that lasted into the early morning. No one was seriously injured, but the department is concerned that the disturbance might be a harbinger of what’s to come.
The prison is currently shut down due to extensive damage, and all inmates had to be transported to other prisons.
On September 8th, there will be a film screening of Ghosts of Attica, followed by a discussion about prisoner resistance in history and today. We will include thoughts from current prisoners on the upcoming national prison strike.
On Sept 9th, the strike officially begins. There will be a solidarity march in Atlanta targeting corporations which profit from the slave labor of prisoners.
On Sept 10th, Atlanta ABC is organizing a caravan to Donaldson Prison in Alabama to show visible support for the striking inmates there. The demonstration begins at 10am, we will leave Atlanta early Saturday morning. Please get in touch if you can participate.